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19-year-old former intern at centre of alleged O’Toole breach denies he hacked account

Jun 25 2020 — Catherine Cullen — Fired intern says in statement he sent videos to MacKay organizer after O’Toole staffer gave him login info. The 19-year-old former intern at the centre of a political tempest that is now the subject of police investigations says he never “hacked” into Conservative leadership candidate Erin O’Toole’s video conferencing account. The young man, who worked in […]

Erin O’Toole asks to be ‘second choice’ of social conservatives in leaked video

Jun 15 2020 — Catherine Cullen — O’Toole raises concerns about legislation banning conversion therapy, broadening medical aid in dying. Working to lift himself past rival Peter MacKay, Conservative leadership candidate Erin O’Toole is asking social conservatives to make him their second choice, a leaked video reveals. The mostly French-language video, anonymously emailed to Radio-Canada, is a recording of a virtual meeting […]

Conservative leadership candidates pitch fixes for long term care

Jun 3 2020 — Catherine Cullen — Conservative leadership candidates are weighing in on the crisis in long-term care, calling for everything from new funding to keep people in their homes to a criminal crackdown on those who abuse the elderly. CBC News asked all four leadership candidates what they would do to address the issue — which was exposed recently in […]

Ottawa nurse says pandemic panic has left her homeless

Apr 2 2020 — Catherine Cullen — Health care workers are already facing added stress and personal danger because of COVID-19. Now, one Ottawa nurse says fear of the disease has also left her homeless. Kathrine Slinski told CBC News she was almost done moving house on Tuesday when she got a text from her new landlady. “Please call me asap. I’m […]

Conservative leadership contender Leslyn Lewis sells herself to social conservatives, takes shots at MacKay

Mar 10 2020 — Catherine Cullen — ​Conservative Party leadership prospect Leslyn Lewis says she wants to see all Canadians treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation. Don’t expect to see her marching in any Pride parades, though. And she thinks the drive to ban conversion therapy is misguided. “I didn’t march in the parade before I became a politician,” said […]

Two MPs are challenging party messaging on abortion, drug use – and putting their leaders on the spot

Mar 5 2020 — Catherine Cullen — In their political beliefs, Toronto Liberal Nathaniel Erskine-Smith and rural Saskatchewan Conservative Cathay Wagantall appear to be worlds apart. They’ve got this much in common, though: they’re using private members bills to challenge where their parties stand on some very awkward policy topics — and pushing their respective leaders into some public discussions they’d probably […]

As Trudeau campaigns in Africa for UN Security Council seat, Norwegian PM is steps behind

Feb 8 2020 — Catherine Cullen — Nearly everywhere Justin Trudeau goes in Addis Ababa, it seems Norway’s prime minister isn’t far behind. On Saturday, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg arrived to an African Union meeting on gender equality just minutes after Trudeau did. Then, she followed in Trudeau’s footsteps, strolling through Unity Park with the Ethiopian prime minister. And as Trudeau […]